It’s the fifth day of Black History Month. I tend to use this time as a way to remind readers – and everyone else of a couple of important facts:
- You can’t love Black artists and their work, and not see them as people
- Black lives — and Black art matters
- Black culture is American culture
So as we go through the month, I’m going to talk about a collection of Black artists. It’ll be fairly comprehensive and eclectic list — although it won’t be a complete list.
So far I’ve mentioned the following artists:
Today, I wanted to talk about another great vocalist, the legendary Chaka Khan. Much like Aretha Franklin, Khan is ridiculously acclaimed: She has received 22 Grammy Award nominations, including three as a member of Rufus. Khan has won 10 Grammy Awards, including two with Rufus.
But along with all of that, Chaka Khan’s influence on modern pop and R&B is equally towering — and for good reason: That voice!